Still trying to iron out your Valentine’s Day plans? This year, why not try something fun and fit? Here are 5 things you can do with that special someone that are both enjoyable and good for your health and wellness.
Run a Race
You don’t have to be experienced runners to enjoy running a race together. Pick a short race, a 5K (3.1 miles) and run, run/walk, or just walk. You can find a race near you or make a trip out of it by going to a destination race. Most races include more than just running. You’ll also find live music or DJs, food, and other fun activities to guarantee a great time before you start and after you finish. Keep it light or get competitive—there’s nothing like a little healthy competition or someone waiting for you at the finish line. Check out runningintheusa.com to get more information about upcoming races in the U.S.
Take a Hike
If running with a big crowd of people isn’t your thing, try going for a hike. If you live in an area where hiking is pretty common place then this might not be a big deal for you, but if you live in an area where you think there’s no place to hike, think again. There are trails you may not even realize existed, complete with beautiful views and lookout points. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors. Your local parks and recreation website will more than likely have information about designated hiking areas. To find like-minded groups of hikers in your area, visit outdoorafro.com.
Go for a Bike Ride
So if this is too much walking, how about hopping on a bike? If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden a bike, it will come back to you, don’t worry. Don’t own a bike? Go online and find out places in your city where you can rent a bike. Not only is it a nice little work out, but it’s a great way to get around and see some sites in your own back yard.
Nourish your mind, body and spirit. Yoga can often be intimidating to first timers, so going as a couple can help ease the tension. Yoga helps relieve stress and improve circulation, and can help you to sleep better. If you’re not sure which of the dozens of yoga studios or types of yoga practices to choose from, sites like yoga.com and afroflowyoga.com can help get you started. Also, check out Yelp! reviews of local studios, or call and ask to make sure it’s the right one for you. If you’re already into yoga but want to try something new, I would strongly suggest aerial yoga. Nothing says Fifty Shades of Grey like walking into a room with music, incense, and giant silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling.
Couples Spa Date
If all of this is just way too much moving around, you can still ease stress and relax with a day at a spa. This one can be as minimal or grand as you want to make it. You can get a nice couples mani-pedi, or go for a full day of pampering with rose petal baths, champagne facials, and couples massage. You’ll definitely walk away feeling relaxed, refreshed, and renewed.
Montrose Cunningham is a Dallas, Texas-based, independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado, with a Master of Science degree in Marketing. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his release Inertia at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, follow him on Twitter @MontroseC and check out his blog, Daddy Rock Star.